A couple of weeks ago I purchased the ELF Makeup Mist and Set. It is thought to be a dupe for MAC’s Fix Plus. ELF claims it will keep your makeup staying in place all day with a radiance boosting invisible hold. This invigorating mist moisturizes and soothes the skin with key ingredients aloe, green tea, cucumber and vitamins A, C & E. The lightweight and alcohol free formula promises to improve upon makeup wearability and prevents color from running or fading.
Some reviews have stated that this product is great for oily skin. Unfortunately I cannot tell you is this is true or not because I have dry skin.
I find this product to be a smidge better than the Urban Decay makeup setting sprays. It is cheaper, makes my makeup last significantly longer and lasts in humid temperatures.
In addition to making your makeup last longer, the ELF Makeup Mist & Set provides a dewy look to your face and provides a pick me up throughout the day. It can also help de-cake your face when you have applied too much powder. It is refreshing and feels great in the morning. Also, if you pair it with ELF’s eye primer, it extends the eyeshadow life.
The only bad thing that I can say about ELF’s Makeup Mist & Set is that it is more of a spray than a mist, which can sometimes hinder application . I have used MAC’s Fix Plus and Urban Decay’s setting sprays. All of them helped my makeup last longer. So be smart and save some money for the holidays. Get the ELF Makeup Mist & Set today!
It wasn’t too long ago I blogged about the day cream by La Roche-Posay. I have discovered another day cream worthy of being written about; Supergoop Sunscreen Day Cream 50+.
This anti-aging day cream promises to deliver ultra strong, antioxidant infused UV protection with its anti-inflammatory olive oils polyphenols combined with pomegranate and green tea extracts. The hyperalergenic mineral SPF will not irritate sensitive skin. It is water resistant for up to 80 minutes.
The sunscreen does a good job. It goes on a little white because of the high concentration of zinc. Supergoop goes on a little thick but it is not greasy. I did not have problems rubbing the sunscreen in or feeling it throughout the day. When wearing foundation, apply Supergoop first. I read one review where the reviewer put the sunscreen on before her foundation and the sunscreen stopped the shine. I cannot attest to this. I do know that when I applied Supergoop before my foundation, I did not have any problems. It felt fine and did not have a thick feeling when paired with my makeup.
Supergoop is formulated without controversial ingredient choices to provide an environment and body-friendly choice for daily UV protection. The sunscreen leaves your skin moist and not oily. It is an excellent way to achieve complete UV protection.
As much makeup that I own, can you believe I never purchased a makeup set from MAC? Sure I purchased individual items, but never anything in a set. Well, when I saw MAC’s Stroke of Midnight lip set in violet I grabbed it. The kit comes equipped with Amplified Creme in Dark Deed, Cremesheen Glass in Art of Seduction and a lip pencil in Vine. All of the products come in a flat zip pouch.
From left to right: Vino lip liner; Dark Deed lipstick and Art of Seduction Cremesheen
MAC Stroke of Midnight lip set in violet
The lipstick Dark Deed is described as a “darkened blood red”. It is red with berry tones. I would consider it the red version of Rebel. The amplified lipstick lasts as long as the rest of MAC’s amplified lipsticks, about five hours.
Cremesheen Art of Seduction is described as a “cool nude with gold frost”. It is a beige-brown with light gold flecks. It goes on great layered over any shade of lipstick and make my lips appear more plump. The gloss stays on for about two to three hours. as long as you don’t eat or dink. The gloss is similar to the other MAC Cremesheen Glass collection. It is a little tick in texture, but definitely not too sticky.
The lip pencil in Vino is described as an “intense violet purple”. It is slightly darker than the lipstick. Personally, I thought the lip pencil was a little dry and wore for about eight to then hours.
I found the trio to be a great buy and good value. The colors were beautiful and will be fantastic for the upcoming holidays.
The Stroke of Midnight lip bag in violet retails for $39.50. It can be purchased at your local MAC store or http://www.maccosmetics.com
L’Oreal has come out with a new mascara in its Voluminous line. Voluminous Butterfly lengthens, stretches and volumizes your lashes. The butterfly brush with an asymmetrical lash line shapes, extends and lifts outer corner lashes giving a winged-out effect. It instantly volumizes lashes at the roots and stretches lashes outward. The mascara has “cocoon fibers” instantly wraps your lashes in a soft, delicate veil to create silky, spectacular lashes which “flutter”.
This mascara is fantastic! It does exactly what it promises; it gives my lashes volume and length and a great curl. I had no flaking or smudging either. The brush is a but tricky at first, but once you get a handle on it you will get lush lashes. The rubber wand’s unique shape allows you to reach the tiny lashes in the inner corners and bottom lashes as well. The outside corner of your lashes lift u like butterfly wings. A full effect with no clumping and terrific length.
The Voluminous Butterfly mascara lasted about 14 hours on me. At the end of the day, it came off easily with makeup remover.
I read some reviews which stated that the Voluminous Butterfly mascara was too runny and goopy. I did not find this to be true. The formula kind of reminds me of Benefit’s They’re Real mascara; which is a great compliment since the They’re Real mascara is one of my go to mascaras.
So to all mascara junkies, go out and try the L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara. You will like it as much as your favorite high end mascara.
L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara retails for $8.99. It can be purchased at your local drugstore, Ulta, Wal-Mart and Target.
Earlier this week, I blogged about E.L.F.’s Mineral Face Primer. I am continuing that blog with this one regarding E.L.F.’s Mineral Lip Gloss in the colors Au Naturale and Sorority Girl.
E.L.F. Mineral Lip Gloss is not too sticky and not too thin. The lip gloss is unscented and has no taste. All of the lip glosses come with a doe foot applicator and a short wand. There are some people who prefer a shorter wand because it is supposed to give you better control. Personally, the length of the applicator does not matter to me.
The pigmentation for the lip gloss is remarkable. There is just enough color to allow for a pretty sheen. The gloss glides on smoothly and has decent staying power. It stays on for a few hours, but not as long as MAC or some of your other high-end products.
My main complaint is that when you go to apply the lip gloss, you do not get enough of the product on the wand for just one application; you have to apply it a few times before you get any color payoff.
To sum up, the E.L.F. Mineral Lip Glosses are pretty good. Granted, they are not as great as your higher end lip glosses, but you do get a lot of bang for your buck. I would recommend giving them a try.
Inglot makeup is on the rise and on the heels of MAC cosmetics. For the past year or so I have been building up my collection of Inglot’s eyeshadows and totally ignoring their line of lipsticks. However, while I was in Las Vegas last week I visited the Inglot store and purchased two lipsticks; #216 and #239. #216 is a pretty mauve-goldish color and #239 is a cool, bright pink. The lipsticks come in the following formulas: lipstick, lip paint, lip gloss and lip liner. Instead of names, Inglot uses numbers instead of names to distinguish all of their makeup. The downside is when shopping on Inglot’s website the lipsticks are hard to tell what color you are really buying.
Right: #216 a goldish-mauve; Left: #239 a cool bright pink
The packaging is fantastic. The lipstick is encased in a shiny black tube rather than a matte tube. I have had problems with my matte tubes becoming dirty while in my makeup bag.
The lipsticks stay on your lips for about six hours without eating. I have heard that some people experienced dryness after two hours I did not have this problem. Should you experience this problem, go ahead and put on some lip balm.
Inglot is also cheaper than its competitor MAC. While MAC sells its lipsticks for $15.00, Inglot’s lipstick costs $12.00.
It is affordable, colorful and longevity. All reasons to go and try Inglot lipsticks.
Inglot lipsticks retails for $12.00. It may be purchased at http://www.inglotusa.com and Inglot stores around the States.
As soon as corrective primers came out on the market, I began using them. Corrective primers are primers which come in the colors pink, purple, green and yellow. Each color has its own meaning. Green adjusts color tone, pink and purple brighten and yellow gives an overall glow. Lately I have been using Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer in pink. However, when I wish to save money or I am out of my other primer, my go to primer is E.L.F.’s Mineral Infused Face Primer in Brightening Lavender.
ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer – Brightening Lavender
The E.L.F. Mineral Infused Face Primer smooths out your face and prepares it for makeup. If you are in the age group of 35-45, you don’t want your makeup seeping into those fine lines you may have. This primer will make sure that doesn’t happen and will brighten your complexion at the same time.
TIP: IF YOU MIX YOUR FOUNDATION WITH YOUR PRIMER ON YOUR HAND, YOU WILL GET A DEWEY LOOK AND YOUR MAKEUP WILL SIT “ON” YOUR FACE RATHER THAN IN. My skin is dry. When I used the process I automatically look fresh and bright, rather than dull and flaky.
As for its lasting power, the E.L.F Mineral Infused Face Primer lasted about 8-10 on me. If you want to compare it to Make Up For Ever primer, that lasted 2-3 hours more.
The texture is very smooth and soft; not greasy. It is silicon based, much like that of Smashbox. The bottle is smaller than it looks on the computer. But don’t let that deter you, because you only need a few pumps.
I really wasn’t sure about this primer at first, but decided to take a chance because of all the positive reviews I read. And boy I am glad I did! The E.L.F. Mineral Infused Face Primer goes on smooth, lasts a long time and is very affordable. You cannot go wrong.